When it comes to energy use, it's a good idea to be sure your washing machine isn't taking you to the cleaners.
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Additionally, top-load washers made before 2004 use 42 gallons of water per load compared to only 14 gallons in a high-efficiency washer. That's about 7,000 gallons of water over the life of the appliance.
One Energy Star-rated top-load machine saves consumers 70 percent in water and 67 percent in energy over conventional top-load washers that aren't energy efficient.
For additional inexpensive ways to reduce energy and water while washing clothes consider the following:
- Wash full loads of laundry. Running a partial load uses the same amount of energy as a full load.
- Use cold water when possible to reduce energy consumption by your water heater.
- Don't dry clothes excessively. Drying laundry excessively uses more energy and is hard on fabrics. Consider drying clothes partly in the dryer and then hanging them to dry the remainder of the way.
- Clean the lint filter after each load. Doing so keeps the dryer running efficiently. Also, periodically check the air vent and hose to prevent a fire hazard.
For more information on Energy Star appliances, visit www.energystar.gov.
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